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Kiwanis Day of Prayer for Schools set Aug. 2

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon announce that plans are under way for the 11th annual observance of “A Day of Prayer for Our Schools” throughout Wilson County on Sunday, Aug. 2.

The purpose of this community service project is to help foster an environment in which children can begin school safely.

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MJ nods guns in parks

State Attorney General: No weapons allowed in parks with school events

By BEN DUDLEY
and By TOMI L. WILEY
The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet commissioners voted Monday night to not opt out of a new state law that allows people with handgun carry permits to carry their guns into public parks.

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PAC formed to push for new Lebanon High

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

A political action committee has been formed to provide information about the upcoming referendum for an additional $25 wheel tax to build a new Lebanon High School by a group of citizens who said they are concerned about education in Wilson County.

The PAC, called One County One Future, has established a website to answer questions voters may have about the new school and the tax.

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Walters new assistant AD at CU

LONGTIME COACH, INSTRUCTOR

Longtime Cumberland University employee Mitch Walters will move into a new position, effective immediately, becoming an Assistant Athletic Director focused on the retention and graduation rates of student-athletes.

Walters will become a full-time athletic department employee with his new position. In the past he has been a full-time professor in the Physical Education

department as well as filling roles in the athletic department, which have included scheduling events; serving as facilities scheduler and coordinator; athletic academic compliance, eligibility and advisor; coordinator of athletic study sessions; athletic grade checks; and attending professional conferences and meetings.

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MJ man killed in Illinois place crash

From Post staff reports

Services have been set for a Mt. Juliet man who was killed in a plane crash Saturday, in Illinois.

James Michael Bowers, 46, was flying and single engine 1941 Luscombe plane to an experimental aircraft show in Oshkosh, Wis., when it reportedly crashed into a field in Wabash County, Ill. He was the only person on the plane and was killed instantly.

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Baird funeral is Saturday

CHARLIE H. BAIRD, 96

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Saturday, August 1 at the First United Methodist Church for Mr. Charlie Baird, 96, of Lebanon. A native of Wilson County and a longtime, distinguished member of the Lebanon Lions Club, Mr. Baird passed away Sunday, July 26, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Friday, July 31 between the hours of 4-8 p.m. Visitation at the church on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m.

An honors graduate of Lebanon High School, he grew up on a farm in Cedars of Lebanon and was part of the survey crew that established the present day state park.

Retired since 1981 as General Manager and Vice-President of the Lebanon Woolen Mills, Mr. Baird started at the Mill in the shipping department fresh out of Lebanon High.

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Groundbreaking set for new senior living community
Hearthside at Castle Heights, a non-profit organization that consists of a 44-room assisted-living group home, is set to break ground on a new community of 30 individual homes, The Heights of Hearthside, on their campus Friday, July 31, beginning at 2 p.m. at 215 Castle Heights Ave. N., Lebanon. 
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New Winters Chapel AME plans additional ride to benefit member

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

New Winters Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church held a motorcycle ride to benefit one of its members, James “Slide” Robertson, about two weeks ago, but since then the man’s doctor Stanley Lee says his condition has worsened and he will need a liver transplant as well as a new kidney.

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Earnhardt missing from MJ practices

By TOMMY BRYAN

Preparations for the 2009 football season are underway at Mt. Juliet High -- without the services of standout running back Brady Earnhardt. The chiseled 5-9, 185-pounder is expected to miss most, if not all, of his senior year due to an off-season knee injury.

Earnhardt, who rushed for 1,168 yards on 179 carries a year ago (6.5 per attempt) and scored 11 TDs, reportedly tore a lateral collateral ligament while participating in a football camp at the University of Tennessee.

While the Bears will certainly miss his presence on the field, they will also miss his leadership.

"Brady is a rare athlete," said MJ head coach Roger Perry. "He had already graded out as the fastest and strongest player at the UT camp before he got hurt. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a player with his combination of power and speed."

The Golden Bears will employ a two-platoon system this year.

"Our depth situation will change, we’ll be two-deep at every position instead of four-deep," Perry said.

A familiar face is in a new place as longtime girls basketball coach Chris Fryer joins the coaching staff -- working with linebackers.

"I’d tried to get Chris involved since I arrived at Mt. Juliet," Perry said, "and I had just about given up."

Fryer a former offensive lineman and linebacker for the Golden Bears, had worked with football before during his teaching career.

His most recent effort on the gridiron came under the Dan Winfree regime when Winfree and several assistants were injured in a van crash while en route to scout a future opponent.

Fryer and others on the faculty filled in while the regular coaches recovered from their injuries.

Mt. Juliet High will be accepting season ticket renewals Monday - Friday, July 27-31 at the main office. Season ticket holders from the 2008 season who wish to renew may do so between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

First-time season ticket holders are welcome the week of Aug. 3-7, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Season tickets are available in both the upper and lower sections of new stadium, centered at the 50-yard line, and include a parking pass.

Mt. Juliet’s schedule includes six home games this season, including the September 4 home-opener against District 9AAA rival Gallatin High. The Golden Bears open the 2009 season Aug. 28 at Nashville McGavock.

Both the Mt. Juliet ninth grade and varsity programs will be participating in the third annual Justice Jamboree -- hosted by Wilson Central High. The event is set for Saturday, August 15.

Mt. Juliet High’s ninth graders will scrimmage Riverdale High at 5:45 p.m.

The first all-varsity event of the evening is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. as Mt. Juliet takes on Riverdale.

 

 

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AYP results bring successes, much work still to be done

By Commissioner TIMOTHY WEBB
Tennessee Department of Education

This week the state Department of Education announced the list of high priority schools and systems that failed to meet federal benchmarks for student performance. All Tennessee schools are expected to improve learning each year to make Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind, the federal law governing public K-12 education.

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Mayor: Proposed 2009-2010 budget has been 'cut beyond the bone'

To the Editor:

The City of Lebanon is facing the same budget problems that many other governments, businesses and individuals are facing today due to the economy. Many people are telling me, they do not want to see a major reduction in their services, but they do want to see the City of Lebanon continue to move positively forward.

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Parent, grandparent notes 'gun not allowed in schools, why in park?'

To the Editor:

As a parent and grandparent, I am very concerned about the law allowing guns in parks.

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Writer: Money reason for restaurant owners' concerns with guns

To the Editor:

Some people are perplexed by some Nashville restaurant owners who are in opposition to the recent gun law passed this legislative session. According to the law, restaurant owners can post a sign out front of their establishment which states: No guns.  That is all it takes. Now, with criminals, one must realize a sign will not stop them.

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Wilson jobless rate at 9.6 percent

From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate for June increased by 0.4 percent to 9.6, up from the May figure of 9.2.

The county unemployment rates for June were released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

The department showed a labor force of 57,390 in Wilson County for June with 51,870 of those employed. That left 5,520 unemployed.

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Fiddlers Grove Foundation gains not-for-profit designation

By BEN DUDLEY
The Wilson Post

Fiddlers Grove Foundation, operators of Fiddlers Grove Historical Village, has received its 501c3 not-for-profit designation from the Internal Revenue Service, making donations to the pioneer town tax deductible.

When ground was first broken for Fiddlers Grove on April 17, 1991, it was operated by the Wilson County Fair Board. Some time later, a board was created specifically for organizing educational events and building preservation. 

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Grad rate keeps LHS on list

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Less than 2 points kept Lebanon High School on the High Priority List of the Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind program.

That’s the word from the Tennessee Department of Education which released the annual report on Wednesday.

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Dallas Carlton Fisher, 37

WATERTOWN — A memorial service has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Fisher, 37, of Smithville. Born in Wilson County and a former resident of Watertown, he died July 21, 2009 at his residence.

Services will be conducted by John Hunt.

Survivors include: mother Mamie Lou Fisher of Smithville and brothers Troy, Timmy, Tracy and Tyrone Fisher — all of Nashville as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father Donald Neil Fisher.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Dr. G. Frank Burns, 87

LEBANON — Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25 at the First Presbyterian Church, 304 W. Main St., for the late Dr. G. Frank Burns, 87.

Author, educator, local historian and journalist, Dr. G. Frank Burns died Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at the Hearthstone Assisted Living Center in Garland, Texas. Dr. Burns, a longtime editorial contributor to The Wilson Post, had been in poor health for the past few months.

A former college professor at Cumberland University and Tennessee Tech, he held both an undergraduate and a law degree from Cumberland. He also earned a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University; a master’s degree from Nashville’s George Peabody College and studied at Oxford University, England.

Considered by many to be the most reliable source of Wilson County history, Dr. Burns authored the book "Somewhere in Tennessee / The Cumberland in Wartime, 1940-1947" as well as several other historical works including the updated "History of Wilson County".

He also wrote a detailed account of Cumberland’s infamous 222-0 football loss to Georgia Tech, based on newspaper and other printed reports.

Dr. Burns is credited with having named the cluster of restored buildings at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center "Fiddler’s Grove".

He served for 11 years (1977-1987) as Wilson County Historian and several years as Archivist at Cumberland’s Vise Library.

His journalism career included stints as a correspondent with both the Nashville Banner and the Tennessean and as acting editor and associate editor of the Lebanon Democrat.

Following retirement, Dr. Burns taught several non-credit courses at Cumberland dealing with the supernatural, local folk tales and history and even one on unidentified flying objects in Wilson County.

He is preceded in death by his late wife Johnnie Burns.

During Dr. Burns’ final months he was blessed to receive care and friendship from Rev. Gene Wisdom of the First United Methodist Church of Garland, Texas.

Anyone wishing to make a memorial gift should consider giving to the First United Methodist Church of Garland, 801 W. Avenue B, Garland, TX 75040, or to the First Presbyterian Church of Lebanon, where Dr. Burns was a member for many years.

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Ruth Arlene Judkins, 65

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Judkins, 65, of Watertown. A nurse in the US Army during the Vietnam era and later employed as a plant tech at Fortune Plastics, she passed away July 23, 2009.

The family will be receiving friends Saturday, July 25 between the hours of 2-8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Brother Gary Miller and Brother Howl Todd. Interment will follow in Watertown’s Bates Cemetery.

Survivors include: her husband of 25 years Jerry Judkins; children Wendy (Mike) McManus, Rachel Witt, Vincent Basey and Rebecca (James) Elliott.

Also surviving are siblings Lorie (Danny) Sferruzzi, Dusty (Tina) Ashton and Charlie Moorenovich; grandchildren Michael Phares, Joseph Heflin, Savannah Heflin, Valorie Heflin, Alisha Bates, Josh Witt and Ashley Witt; great-grandchildren Cherish Phares, Gabriel Phares and Makayle Gomez.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

She is preceded in death by parents James and Ruth Lolley Coperale and son-in-law Herman Witt.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

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Worry Wart
I sat at my desk recently and stared at the headlines coming in on the CNN website. “Unemployment rate soars in third quarter”, “Healthcare Crisis Looms over US”, “Professional Athlete victim of Murder/Suicide” and it went on and on. As much as the news of the day was seriously starting to affect my mood, I just couldn’t turn away. As if I didn’t already have enough to worry about, now I had to add the national debt, unemployment rates and swine flu to my list of problems to solve.
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Titanic movies always end the same way
Dear Ken: How many movies have been made about the “Titanic” disaster of 1912?
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Gaining confidence, help through wigs

When Margot John came to Lebanon in1999, she decided to open a wig shop mainly so cancer patients wouldn’t have to travel to buy a wig when they were already seriously ill.

W.I.G., her shop on West Main Street just south of the Square, has dozens of different colors and styles of wigs, of both synthetic and human hair.

The variety is important, not just because people have differing colors of hair to begin with, but also because wigs are for fun not just need, John said.W.I.G., which stands for “Work It Girl/Guy,” is more than a store, John added. She works at creating a friendly comfortable atmosphere and the privacy some of her customers need.

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Beekeepers tap into the sweet life

Lebanon’s Jim Murff finds honey bees a challenging delight  

By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post

Several days a week during spring and summer, Jim Murff hops in his white Dodge pickup and makes a beeline to his apiary.

That’s the plot of ground where Murff keeps his beehives.

July may be beekeepers’ favorite month, because it’s this time of the year the hives are ripe to be robbed of that sweet and sticky liquid gold known as honey.

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Add Hamlet to Your Breakfast Eggs

 

By ANNE DONNELL

 I liked your review of “Macbeth.” Thanks for doing that. I’m buttering you up because I’d like you to do more Shakespeare for us. How about “Hamlet”? “Romeo and Juliet”? “Julius Caesar”? All we old high schoolers want to revisit William Shakespeare (some would disagree).   Thanks again,
  -Real Shakespeare Fan

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Bring your stories about Frank Burns
By Senior Pastor L. GENE WISDOM
 
To the friends of G. Frank Burns, if you have not heard already, Frank passed away early on Tuesday, July 14. Though Frank had shown signs of getting better since returning from his recent hospital stay, over the past three weeks he had become progressively weaker, sleeping more, and not eating as well as he had previously.
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